Germany threatens “massive damage” to Russia ahead of Crimea referendum

By Johannes Stern and Alex Lantier, 14 March 2014

Ahead of Sunday’s referendum on the status of Crimea, Berlin and Washington are escalating pressure on Russia, risking civil war in Ukraine and war with Russia itself.

Alex Callinicos: An imperialist apologist writes on Ukraine

By Chris Marsden, 14 March 2014

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Leaked NSA documents expose agency’s sophisticated malware arsenal

By Thomas Gaist, 14 March 2014

NSA operations have already infected at least 80,000 computers according to documents provided by Edward Snowden.

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New York City gas explosion likely caused by 127-year-old pipes

By Gabriel Black, 14 March 2014

The gas explosion that has killed at least eight people and demolished two buildings in New York City is a product of the metropolis’ failing and antiquated infrastructure

Wall Street bonuses up by 15 percent last year

By Andre Damon, 14 March 2014

Bonus payouts for Wall Street employees grew to the highest level since the 2008 crash.

State officials seek pension cuts in Pennsylvania

By Douglas Lyons, 14 March 2014

The governor and state legislators are seeking to cut pensions for hundreds of thousands of state employees and teachers covered by the two state pension systems.

Boston parents, students oppose public school budget cuts

By Kate Randall, 14 March 2014

Several hundred people turned out Wednesday for a public hearing to address the impact of cuts to the Boston Public Schools budget for fiscal year 2015.

Sri Lanka: JVP pledges to defend big business interests

By W. A. Sunil, 14 March 2014

The JVP’s “new socialism” is a plan to transform Sri Lanka into a cheap labour platform through the ruthless suppression of the working class.

Investigations into Lac-Mégantic rail disaster show government culpability

By Carl Bronski, 14 March 2014

A series of investigations into last July’s train disaster have demonstrated that governments and regulatory bodies consistently privileged corporate profitability over basic safety.

Final two Australian state Labor governments face defeat

By Mike Head, 14 March 2014

Labor’s anti-working class program—severe public sector cuts, mass layoffs by major companies, and deteriorating social services—has fuelled deep popular hostility.

Top British universities exclude poorer students

By Thomas Scripps, 14 March 2014

Just one in a hundred children who receives free school meals, receives a place at either of the top two British universities, Oxford and Cambridge.

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Что Европейский Союз говорил в 2012 году о своих сегодняшних фашистских союзниках на Украине

Алекс Лантье, 14 марта 2014 г.

После совершения в прошлом месяце путча в Киеве американские и европейские СМИ ведут кампанию осуждения сообщений, идущих из России и международных источников, относительно присутствия фашистов в структурах нового, поддерживаемого Западом украинского режима.

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La CIA, le Sénat et l'effondrement de la démocratie américaine

Par Patrick Martin, 14 mars 2014

La confrontation publique entre le Sénat et la CIA reflète l'effondrement effectif des formes de gouvernement démocratiques aux États-Unis.

A l’issue d’une réunion avec le premier ministre ukrainien à la Maison Blanche
Obama brandit de nouvelles menaces contre la Russie

Par Chris Marsden, 14 mars 2014

Les Etats-Unis ont pleinement pris le contrôle opérationnel des activités militaires des voisins de l’Ukraine.

Les quinze ans du WSWS: 1998-2013
Année passée en revue : 2009
Pourquoi je lis le WSWS: Courrier des lecteurs

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Roma en riesgo de una quiebra tipo Detroit

Por Marc Wells, 14 Marzo 2014

El recientemente nombrado, sin haber sido electo, gobierno del primer ministro Matteo Renzi (Partito Democratico, PD), aprobó un decreto el último viernes, el supuesto tercer rescate de Roma.

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Merkel droht Russland vor dem Krim-Referendum mit Konsequenzen

Von Chris Marsden und Johannes Stern, 14. März 2014

In ihrer gestrigen Regierungserklärung warnte Bundeskanzlerin Angela Merkel (CDU) vor einer „Katastrophe“, falls Russland nicht klein beigibt.

Gerhard Schröder und das Völkerrecht

Von Johannes Stern, 14. März 2014

Schröder bezeichnet Putins Vorgehen in der Ukraine als völkerrechtswidrig, gesteht aber ein, er habe in Jugoslawien auch gegen das Völkerrecht verstoßen.

Antisemitismus und Russische Revolution (2)

Von Clara Weiss, 14. März 2014

Eine historische Studie von Ulrich Herbeck beleuchtet die Geschichte des Antisemitismus in Russland vom Zarenreich bis zum Ende des Bürgerkriegs 1922.

Neues zum NSU-Mord an der Polizistin Michèle Kiesewetter

Von Dietmar Henning, 14. März 2014

Vor dem NSU-Untersuchungsausschuss des Thüringer Parlaments sagte am Montag Anja W. aus, eine enge Bekannte der ermordeten Polizistin Michèle Kiesewetter.

Britische Labour Party beendet Blockmitgliedschaft der Gewerkschaften

Von Robert Stevens, 14. März 2014

Während die britische Labour Party beschloss, ihre Beziehungen zu den Gewerkschaften zu lockern, versicherten mehrere Gewerkschaftssekretäre der Partei ihre ungebrochene Loyalität.

Erklärungen zum Verschwinden von Flug 370 in Malaysia widersprechen sich

Von Peter Symonds, 14. März 2014

Das Schicksal von Flug 370 der Malaysia Airlines mit 239 Passagieren an Bord ist nach wie vor geheimnisumwittert. Es gibt nur unklare und sich widersprechende Hinweise darauf, was stattgefunden hat, dafür aber zahlreiche Theorien, die von den Medien zum Teil aufgebauscht werden.

Veranstaltungen des Mehring Verlags auf der Leipziger Buchmesse
Europa im Krieg

Von unserem Korrespondenten, 12. März 2014

Der Mehring Verlag stellt am Samstag um 13:00 Uhr auf der Leipziger Buchmesse Trotzkis „Europa im Krieg“ vor und lädt um 16:30 Uhr zu einer Diskussion über die Kriegsgefahr in der Ukraine ein.

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Obama’s “high crimes and misdemeanors”

14 March 2014

The extraordinary speech delivered Tuesday on the Senate floor by Senator Dianne Feinstein provides grounds for immediate impeachment proceedings against top government officials, including President Barack Obama.

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Australian refugee camp atrocity: The class issues

By Patrick O’Connor, 14 March 2014

The brutal treatment of refugees is a sharp warning of the police-state measures being prepared against the working class as a whole.

Ex-German chancellor Gerhard Schröder and international law

By Johannes Stern, 14 March 2014

Gerhard Schröder described Putin’s actions in Ukraine as a violation of international law, but the former German chancellor also accepted that he had been in breach of international law in Yugoslavia.

The CIA, the Senate and the breakdown of American democracy

By Patrick Martin, 13 March 2014

Conflicting accounts of vanished Malaysia Airline Flight 370

By Peter Symonds, 13 March 2014

Quebec: PQ welcomes right-wing billionaire as star candidate

By Laurent Lafrance, 13 March 2014

Crisis in Ukraine

After White House meeting with Ukrainian prime minister
Obama issues new threats against Russia

By Chris Marsden, 13 March 2014

What is behind the warmongering of the German media?

By Peter Schwarz, 12 March 2014

Ukraine, the United States and international law

By Joseph Kishore, 11 March 2014

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Arts Review

Alain Resnais (1922-2014), a major figure in postwar filmmaking

By David Walsh, 12 March 2014

The Bankruptcy of Detroit

Detroit emergency manager examines privatizing the water department

By James Brewer, 13 March 2014

Report to the Workers Inquiry
The Social and Historical Context of the Detroit Bankruptcy

By Jerry White, 19 February 2014

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Socialist Equality Party

Mehring Books and SEP (Germany) hold two meetings at Leipzig Book Fair

13 March 2014

Socialist Equality Party public meeting in Melbourne
A global political strategy to defend car industry jobs

NSA Spying and the Defense of Edward Snowden

Snowden denounces global mass surveillance at SXSW festival

By Thomas Gaist and Barry Grey, 11 March 2014

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WSWS publishes interviews with children of the Left Opposition

By Fred Williams and Clara Weiss, 25 February 2014

The World Socialist Web Site is publishing interviews with three children of Soviet Left Oppositionists—Tatiana Smilga, Zorya Serebryakova and Yuri Primakov—and with Tatiana Isaeva, granddaughter of the outstanding Marxist literary critic, Alexander Voronsky.

In Defence of Leon Trotsky

Berlin IYSSE protests Professor Jörg Baberowski’s suppression of democratic discussion at Humboldt University

22 February 2014

Workers Struggles

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

14 March 2014

The World Socialist Web Site invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature.

25 years ago: Testimony reveals Reagan ordered illegal Contra aid be kept secret

On March 10, 1989, former National Security Adviser Robert C. McFarlane testified that President Ronald Reagan authorized the solicitation of illegal financial support for the right-wing Contra guerrilla war against Nicaragua.

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50 years ago: US military increases aid to South Vietnamese puppet regime

A top-level US delegation led by Secretary of Defense Robert S. McNamara, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Maxwell Taylor and CIA director John McCone visited Saigon this week in 1964 to assess the military situation and bolster the position of the puppet military government of South Vietnam.

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75 years ago: Nazi Germany invades Czechoslovakia

With severe inflationary economic pressures forcing the pace of territorial expansion, the German Nazi regime invaded Czechoslovakia on March 15, 1939.

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100 years ago: Serbia and Turkey sign Treaty of Constantinople

On March 14, 1914, senior diplomatic representatives of Serbia and Turkey signed the Treaty of Constantinople, affirming the Treaty of London of May 1913.

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